MORRISTOWN, NJ - South Street was decorated orange on Friday June 7 as a way to raise awareness on gun violence. Up and down South Street, organizers and attendees, tied orange ribbons around lamp posts, hung signs in store windows, urging legislators to take action to end the gun violence epidemic.
Morris County residents were invited by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to unite at Morristown Town Hall to honor the lives cut short by gun violence.
“We are here to show the country that while the gun violence epidemic is far from over, we will not stop fighting until we eradicate senseless, daily gun violence.” said Jeri Patasnik, Communication Team Leader & spokesperson. “When we wear orange, we pledge to protect our community & fight for a future free from devastating, gun violence. I refuse to accept 100 gun deaths a day as the status quo, so I’m here to show up, speak out, and take action to end gun violence!”
The Wear Orange movement began in 2013 after Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year old girl from Chicago, was shot and killed, a week after performing in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Hadiya’s friends and family wore orange to honor her life, and has become the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement.
“We would like to thank Mayor Dougherty for his continued support of Moms Demand Action and for joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Thank you for proclaiming today Gun Violence Awareness Day," said Patasnik. “We are also thrilled to have Casim Gomez, Senator Mendendez’s representive, with us today. We would like to thank Casim for joining us! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and we thoroughly look forward to working together towards a safe future!”